We are very pleased and proud to announce a new feature at Afropop.org : reprints of selected articles from the late, lamented ma...
December 13, 2010
Remmy Ongala passes away in Tanzania
One of my favorites from East Africa. Gary Stewart and I drove all the way to Toronto to interview him and see him perform at WOMAD Harbourfront. He was a real original character, and gave us so much wonderful music. Great songwriter with a voice that came straight from his heart, and played guitar just like Franco. He had been in poor health for some time. Such a pity to lose another cornerstone. Pole sana!
CC Smith, editor/publisher/journalist for The Beat Magazine, public radio DJ and Africanist for 29 years. Since the closing of The Beat in 2009, I am now working with Afropop.org as Editor at Large, and also manager for Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga.